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CREVE COEUR ~ Margaret Irene Holmes, 96, of Rothschild, WI, formerly of Creve Coeur, passed away peacefully at home on Thursday, June 1, 2017 under the care of Aspirus Hospice surrounded by her family.

Margaret was born December 5, 1920, in Macomb, a daughter of the late Perry and Mamie (Lindsey) Stewart.  On June 26, 1939, Margaret married John R. Holmes in Canton, MO.

Margaret was a charter member of Bethel Memorial United Church in Creve Coeur, and an associate member of Mt. Calvary Lutheran Church, Rothschild, WI; a woman of great faith who enjoyed reading her bible. Her hobbies included: making candy at Christmas, quilting, crocheting, needlework, gardening, canning, fishing, horses and watching the squirrels play in her yard. She cherished time spent with her family and always looked forward to watching her favorite shows Ellen DeGeneres and Blue Bloods with her granddaughter Jeanette. She will be especially missed by her cat, Tommy and dog, Bullet.

She was preceded in death by her husband of 67 years, John “Jack” Holmes; parents, Perry and Mamie Stewart; son-in-law, John Kieser; and grandson-in-law, Bob Brandt.

Survivors include her daughter Jean (Frank Curtis) Kieser, of Peoria and son William (Ruth) Holmes of Edelstein. She is also survived by nine grandchildren: Lee Ann Short of Loveland, CO; Alice (Todd) Hancock of Rothschild, WI; Jeanette Brandt of Rothschild, WI; Erika (Rob) Arnhart of Bloomington, Erinn Holmes of Brooklyn, NY, Henry (Lyndsay) Holmes of Grand Rapids, MI, Juanita (David) Redfield of Brighton, CO, Jim (Chamonie) Kopp of Newport Beach, CA, and Jean Gray of Daejeon, South Korea, as well as nine great-grandchildren.

A Funeral Service will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday, June 8, 2017 at Mt. Calvary Lutheran Church in Rothschild, WI. Pastor Rich Block will officiate. Visitation will be held from 9 a.m. until time of services Thursday at the church. Brainard Funeral Home & Cremation Center, Everest Chapel is assisting the family with arrangements. Online condolences may be expressed at

A Funeral Service will be at 1:30 p.m. Friday, June 9, 2017 at Bethel Memorial United Church in Creve Coeur.  Rev. Dwight Borden and Pastor Rich Block will officiate.  Visitation will be from 11:30 a.m. to 1:15 p.m. Friday at the church.  Graveside services will be at 3 p.m. Friday at Oak Hill Cemetery in Lewistown, IL.  Preston-Hanley Funeral Homes & Crematory in Creve Coeur is assisting the family with arrangements.  To express condolences online, visit

Memorial contributions may be made to Mount Calvary Lutheran Church, Bethel Memorial United Church, or Frank Nicol Lodge #1170, A.F. & A.M.